- Accommodation at selected hotels with meals as mentioned in your final itinerary.
- Check-in time is 3.00PM and check-out time is 11.00AM. Early or late service is subject to availability with surcharge.
- Meals if mentioned in the final itinerary
- Transfers if mentioned in your final itinerary:
- Airport transfer (arrival and departure) in a shared van
- Public/Private transport on tour day
- Client Service Officer: provide self-guided clients with tour information
- Guide for half day or full day tour (English & other languages: German, Spanish, etc.)
- Sightseeing fees and permits during guided time
- Service charge and current government VAT tax
- JR Pass and/or Train ticket(s)
- Optional tour
- Please make sure you have 6 months passport validity.
- Early/late check in/out service at hotels (surcharge if request)
- Tips and gratuities
- Services and meals if not mentioned in itinerary
- All drinks, including water, soft drink and alcohol on all included or optional excursion
- Laundry, telephone calls and expenditure of a personal nature
- Travel Insurance (Compulsory)
DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN SEOUL, KOREA
Meet your English-speaking driver or guide at Incheon Airport and transfer to Seoul, the bustling capital city of Korea. Check in your hotel in Seoul and enjoy the remaining of the day at your leisure.
DAY 2: SEOUL CITY TOUR
Wake up to a hearty breakfast and prepare for your full-day city tour. Travel to Gyeongbokgung Palace, known as “palace greatly blessed by Heaven”, one of the most iconic sights of South Korea. Visit the National Folk Museum, located within the grounds of the Gyeongbokgung Palace, where replicas of historical objects are used to illustrate the history of traditional life. Journey to Bukchon Hanok Village, home to hundreds of hanok - traditional Korea houses. En route passing by Blue House. Visit Insadong - a popular neighborhood where old but precious and traditional goods are on display. Travel to N Seoul Tower, an iconic Seoul landmark that provides bird's-eye views of the city. Journey to the vibrant and diverse Myeongdong, as no visit in Seoul, is ever complete without visiting this famous street. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before going back to your stay-in hotel.
DAY 3: SEOUL UNIQUE
Fuel up with a good breakfast and meet our guide at the hotel lobby for your DMZ tour. Travel to Imjingak Park – the ‘resort&; built to console those from both sides who are unable to return to their hometowns, friends and families because of the division of Korea. Visit the Freedom Bridge, The Third Tunnel of Aggression. Enjoy your time at DMZ Theater & Exhibition hall, where you can watch a video that explains about the history of the division of Korea. Enjoy a panoramic view of DMZ in Dora Observatory. Visit Dorasan Station, a railway station used to connect North Korea and South Korea. Return to Seoul city center, passing by Unification Village on the way back. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. The remaining of the day is for shopping and eating street food: DDP & Dongdaemun Fashion Market and Gwangjang Market.
DAY 4: SEOUL - BUSAN
Enjoy a tasty breakfast at the hotel before the journey to Busan. Check out the hotel and meet our guide for your transfer to Seoul Station. Embark on a KTX bullet train to Busan. This lively port city on the country&;s southeastern coast is often referred to as “the Summer Capital of South Korea”. Upon arrival, travel to Gamcheon Culture Village, formed by houses built in staircase-fashion on the foothills of a coastal mountain, earning it the nickname "Machu Picchu of Busan”. Sightseeing at Taejongdae Park & Busan Tower before enjoying your shopping at Kukje & Jagalchi Fish Market. Dinner at a local restaurant before returning to your stay-in hotel.
DAY 5: BUSAN - GYEONGJU
Wake up to your hearty breakfast and meet our guide for your transfer to Gyeongju city. Sightseeing at Bulkuksa Temple, the representative temple of Buddhism in Korea. Visit Seokguram Grotto, a hermitage and part of the Bulguksa Temple complex. Travel to Daereungwon, located large ancient tombs of kings and nobles of the Silla Kingdom. Afterwards, journey to Gyeongju Gyochon Village, a hanok village that allows visitors to have a look inside life of famous the Choi Clan. Next destination is Cheomseongdae Observatory Tower, the oldest observatory in the East. It stands high and tall on the flat land north of Wolseong of Silla Palace. Visit Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond, the secondary palace site used by the crown prince of the Silla Kingdom.
DAY 6: BUSAN (KOREA) - FUKUOKA (JAPAN)
After breakfast, meet our guide at the hotel lobby for your transfer to Ferry Terminal. Embark on JR Beetle Ferry to Fukuoka, Japan. Upon arrival, transfer to your Fukuoka hotel for an overnight stay.
DAY 7: FUKUOKA - HIROSHIMA
Fuel up with a good breakfast before heading to Hiroshima, a city that recovered itself from the Atomic Bombing aftermath. Admire stunning vibrancy and splendid culture which has regrown itself from the ashes. Peace Memorial Park and Museum inside the park are major attractions of the city. Prefectural Museum of Art, ShukkeiEn Gardens, Baseball Stadium, restaurants selling unique okonomiyaki is recommended attractions for your leisure time!
DAY 8: HIROSHIMA - KYOTO
After breakfast, check out from the hotel and travel to Kyoto for a full day of sightseeing. We start with the sprawling, breath-taking Nijō Castle, followed by Ryōanji - the UNESCO World Heritage Zen temple with a famous rock garden. Afterward, visit Kinkakuji, the shining pavilion completely covered by gold leaf that was originally built as a shogun&;s summer house. Enjoy the evening freely at leisure to wander around Gion District, where you may catch a glimpse of Geisha and admire beautifully preserved machiya houses along the side alleys. Dinner with Maiko is oﬀered as an optional experience here.
DAY 9: KYOTO - SAGANO & ARASHIYAMA
After breakfast at the hotel, Transfer to the outskirt of Kyoto for a gentle walk through Sagano lush bamboo groove. The sunlight filters through the densely packed grove, projecting thin slashes of light onto this enchanting forest. Head to Tenryūji Temple, which survived centuries maintaining its original design. Then continue to Jojakkoji Temple nestled in the quiet and understated wooded hill. Crossing over the iconic landmark Togetsukyo Bridge for stunning views of the adjacent cherry forest. Return to Kyoto and enjoy the remaining of the day at leisure.
DAY 10: KYOTO - NARA
Today&;s morning, you will join in a tea ceremony at the traditional Japanese house. Then travel to Nara for your free afternoon here. The city is second only to Kyoto as the richest collection of cultural sites in Japan. Meet the semi-wild deer at Nara Park, admire the structure of Tōdaiji Temple, Kasuga Taisha Shrine is recommended.
DAY 11: KYOTO - NAGOYA
Embark on a bullet train to Nagoya. Sightseeing impressive Toyota Museum of Industry and Technology, Nagoya Castle - once one of the most important objects of this type in the whole country (rebuilt after the war) and the SCMAGLEV Museum, which presents the development of high-speed railways, including the famous Japanese Shinkansen and "flying train", or magnetic turn.
DAY 12: NAGOYA – TOKYO
After breakfast, we will travel to Tokyo. Sightseeing courtyard in front of the Imperial Palace, the seat of the ruler of Japan. The palace complex was once known as Edo Castle and was a shogun residence. Transfer to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building in Shinjuku, one of Tokyo&;s tallest and most distinctive skyscrapers. After sightseeing, join a cooking class and prepare sushi yourself. In the afternoon we will visit the Asakusa temple from the Edo period, one of the most important Shinto facilities, and the Nakamise shopping arcade, where you can shop for souvenirs and enjoy local specialties.
DAY 13: TOKYO - MT. FUJI
Today will be a full-day discovery of the iconic Mount Fuji! Wake up early and prepare for an adventure day at Hakone National Park. Travel to Mount Fuji – the symbol of Japan all around the world in the masterpiece of Hokusai. En-route visit the Fuji Subaru Line 5th Station, where oﬀers a commanding view of the Fuji Five Lakes. Cruise on Lake Ashinoko with a replica pirate ship. Embark on a ropeway ride to enjoy the view of active sulfuric hot springs and many other scenic landscapes. Tonight, enjoy a comfortable stay in the hotel/ryokan.
DAY 14: TOKYO DEPARTURE
Today you will transfer to Narita airport and board your ﬂight home.